Wayne, IL - "I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way..." this quote, taken from the lyrics of Johnny Nash, may have been what riders were thinking as they entered the ring for the Junior Hunters at the Showplace Spring Spectacular I. Today's competition in the Main Hunter Ring at the Lamplight Equestrian Center may have been held for a brief moment but the show continued as Junior Hunters competed for their division championships.
Taylor Ann Adams and Catherine Tyree dominated the Junior Hunters. Adams earned the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division with Don't Think Twice, owned by Sheila Motley, and the duo also added the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic cooler and rosette to their collection of wins. Adams also had great success in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division winning the championship aboard Raquel, owned by Ann Garnett, and yesterday's $1,000 Junior Hunter Championship. Adams continued her spectacular weekend collecting the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 reserve championship aboard McLain Ward's horse, Solace. Tyree also had a great weekend with an exciting win in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division aboard Artisan Farms LLC's Winterplace. The last junior hunter division was the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under where Tyree and Savant earned another championship tricolor.
In the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division Taylor Ann Adams and Don't Think Twice secured the championship with their outstanding performances in today's over fences classes. The duo won a first place in the over fences class and a first place in the handy hunter class, adding to yesterday's third and second over fences, and a second in the under saddle class to earn the pair the division tricolor.
Red Sky and Kelsey Thatcher were not far behind with a first and third place ribbon in yesterday's over fences, two second place ribbons in today's over fences, and a big blue ribbon in the under saddle class. Thatcher and her trusty gelding would gain enough points to earn the reserve championship ribbon.
Finishing the older Junior Hunters, Taylor Ann Adams monopolized the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division. Adams earned the championship accolade aboard Raquel with second place ribbons in three over fences classes, and one under saddle class, and a blue ribbon in the handy hunter class.
Adams would compete against her own points with McLain Ward's Solace. Adams and Solace won two over fences classes and earned two third place ribbons in today's over fences class and yesterday's under saddle class. The pair's ribbons would earn them the reserve championship in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division.
As mentioned earlier Adams also earned both of the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic Awards yesterday, with the Brandenburg mare, Raquel, and today with Don't Think Twice.
Adams enjoyed today's rides especially because they were all mares and she truly appreciated everything that Kelley Farmer and Larry Glefke have done for her allowing her to ride such outstanding hunters. Adams commented, "All of my rides were wonderful. Raquel was fantastic. You just have to listen to what she has to tell you and she tries really hard."
Raquel and Adams earned top awards during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and they have continued to be an unrivaled pair.
The reserve champion to Raquel was Solace, who is a six-year-old Warmblood that has been showing with Kelley Farmer. Solace and Adams had top rounds but their scores would just miss the championship. However, during yesterday's $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic, Adams and Solace took home the second place ribbon.
Adams last ride of the day was Don't Think Twice. The pair triumphed over the rainy day and came out on top to win the top junior accolades of the weekend. Adams has enjoyed showing at Lamplight. She noted, "This show has a great set-up. The rings are nice, the footing was great, especially after a day like today, and the management is good."
She continued, "I did not want to show in the rain and I know that my mares did not want to either, but we went in and did out best."
Adams plans on continuing to show at the Showplace Spring Spectacular and looks forward to her future with these top hunters. "I want to thank Kelley and Larry for everything they have done for me. They have given me wonderful horses to ride and I have loved showing these mares."
In the Small Junior Hunters, Catherine Tyree could not have been happier when she took home the championship ribbon in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division aboard Artisan Farms LLC's, Winterplace. The duo were trifecta blue ribbon winners with two blue ribbons in the over fences classes and one blue ribbon in the under saddle class. In addition to their division championship, the pair earned second place in the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic.
Abigail McArdle rode MVP, owned by Amelia McArdle, to the reserve championship accolade with a first place finish in yesterday's over fences, a third place finish in yesterday's over fences, a second place finish in the under saddle class, a third in the handy hunter class, and a fourth in today's over fences class. MVP and McArdle have had top performances throughout the Florida circuit and also captured top honors while at the Devon Horse Show before arriving at the Showplace Spring Spectacular I.
Tyree could not have been more appreciative of having the chance to ride Winterplace for Caitlin Ziegler during the Showplace Spring Spectacular I. Tyree acknowledged, "I only started riding Winterplace on Thursday of this week. I am so very thankful that they would trust me with this spectacular horse. I was asked to show him while Caitlin was at Spruce Meadows so we could gather a few more points."
The-nine-year-old dapple grey gelding just had a birthday prior to showing at the Lamplight Equestrian Center this week. Winterplace has been a very consistent hunter over the last three years and he continues to showcase his true talents. Tyree commented, "He is an amazing horse. He has an amazing canter, an amazing jump, and he is so wonderful to ride. After two rounds of competition today, he began to get a little tired, but if you keep a little leg on he will always give you a 10 or a 12 jump. You never have to worry about that."
Tyree is looking forward to a hopeful return catch ride on Winterplace. The pair had an outstanding performance in the ring as if they had been a duo for some time now. She noted, "I want to thank everyone for this ride, I am so grateful to Cookie Beck, Artisan Farms LLC, and of course Caitlin for allowing me this opportunity to ride this incredible horse. Winterplace is one-of-kind."
Tyree grabbed another championship rosette aboard Savant in the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter division. Tyree once again accepted three blue ribbons, winning two over fences classes, and the handy hunter class. With three blues and a second in today's over fences class, and a third in the under saddle class, Tyree was handed the tricolor.
The Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter division reserve championship ribbon went to Blue Steel with McArdle in the irons. The pair won an over fences class, earned three third place ribbons, two in each of yesterday's over fences classes, and one in the handy hunter class. McArdle and Blue Steel also won the second place ribbon in the under saddle class earning them top honors.
Savant and Tyree have earned multiple accolades over the last few months as they have made their way back up north from Florida. Today's championship was an exciting win for Tyree and her mount. Tyree noted, "Prior to showing here, I was a little worried about the difference in footing for Savant. I have never shown him on the all-weather-footing. He was great, he did not care at all about the change in footing. Another challenge I had to think about was that normally Savant is shown in the Green Conformation hunter division prior to me showing him in the Juniors. He is a very fit horse and has lots of energy so I expected for him to be a little brighter. However, in the ring, he settled down and went right to business and did what he needed to do. He was really good today."
Tyree plans on showing during the Showplace Spring Spectacular II, which begins June 15, 2010, with a Derby Day. Currently, Tyree has enjoyed the calm pace at which she has been showing Savant. They plan on continuing to show each month and hope for the best. Savant will most likely be showing at Indoors in the Green Conformation division in the fall.
Tomorrow's coverage of the Hunter Divisions at the 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular Week I will continue with division champion and reserve championships given to the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions. For more information on Showplace Productions and the 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular Horse Show Series, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
Photo Credit: Taylor Ann Adams and Raquel (owner Ann Garnett) earn Small Junior 16-17 Championship at 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular I. 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular I. Photo 2010 © Lindsay McCall/PMG.
Photo Credit: Taylor Ann Adams and Don't Think Twice (owner Sheila Motley) earn Large Junior 16-17 Championship at 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular I. 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular I. Photo 2010 © Lindsay McCall/PMG.
Photo Credit: Catherine Tyree and her horse Savant earn Large Junior 15 and Under Championship at 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular I. 2010 Showplace Spring Spectacular I. Photo 2010 © Lindsay McCall/PMG.